Family Asterostomatidae Pictet 1857 (heart urchin)

Echinoidea - Spatangoida - Asterostomatidae

Full reference: F. J. Pictet. 1857. Traité élémentaire de paléontologie, ou, Historie naturelle des animaux fossiles considérés dans leurs rapports zoologiques et géologiques, 2nd ed, JB Baillière et Fils, Paris 4:1-768

Parent taxon: Brissidina according to A. Kroh and A. B. Smith 2010

See also Fischer 1966

Sister taxa: Antillasteridae, Brissidae, Palaeotropidae, Spatangidea

Subtaxa: Antillaster Argopatagus Asterostoma Brissolampas Brissomorpha Cleistechinus Delopatagus Elipneustes Genicopatagus Heterobrissus Linopneustes Megapetalus Moronaster Palaeobrissus Paleotrema Peripatagus Platybrissus Plesiozonus Prosostoma Pycnolampas Pygospatangus

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Type: Asterostoma

Ecology: slow-moving shallow infaunal deposit feeder-detritivore

Distribution:

• Miocene of Cuba (2 collections), Cyprus (3), United States (4: California)

• Eocene of Cuba (1)

Total: 10 collections including 13 occurrences

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